Alopecia 101: Facts & Solutions

Alopecia 101: Facts & Solutions

Alopecia is a follicular disorder that affects men and women at any age. It is an auto-immune deficiency that can be triggered due to stress, medication, hormonal imbalance, weight loss, or a variety of other reason. It may or may not be hereditary. There are different types of alopecia, but we will talk about the two primary types: Alopecia Areata and Alopecia Totalis.

Alopecia Areata is bald or thinning areas on the scalp that occur in random spots. There does not seem to be any consistent pattern to where the balding or thinning may occur. Alopecia Totalis is loss or all of one’s head of hair. Both types are traumatic to the individual as they may have had full head of hair only weeks prior to the occurrence.

Hair Replacement Solutions

A hair system or human hair wig for alopecia is a great way to restore confidence and happiness with your appearance. It is a good idea to match the individual’s original hair color. A similar hairstyle may help them transition during this troubling time. If the individual is a woman and she wears shoulder length hair, it is recommended that the wig be human hair. Most synthetic fibers will fray at the ends and look unnatural over time. Synthetic material cannot tolerate friction and will frizz on the end. Unless you want to replace your wig frequently to maintain a fresh look, most synthetics will not suffice.

There are different qualities to human hair. Some human hair is thicker in diameter than other hair so it is important to get an education on what type of hair is best for you. Price will be a factor with better quality human hair as well. Human hair replacement solutions have more resilience than synthetic fiber. Human hair can be permed, colored, and tolerate heat, unlike synthetic fiber.

Choosing the Best Hair Replacement Solution for You

When faced with hair loss due to alopecia, selecting the appropriate hair replacement solution is a crucial decision. Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Hair Quality: Pay close attention to the quality of the hair used in the replacement solution. Human hair wigs are available in various grades, ranging from standard to premium quality. Higher-quality human hair tends to be more durable, with better texture and longevity. 
  • Hair Texture: Consider the texture of the replacement hair and how well it matches your natural hair. Whether you prefer straight, wavy, or curly hair, choosing a replacement solution that closely matches your hair’s texture will result in a seamless and natural look.
  • Hair Length and Style: Think about your preferred hair length and style when selecting a replacement solution. Whether you prefer short, medium, or long hair, choose a wig or hair system that allows for versatility in styling and complements your facial features and personal style.
  • Cap Construction: Pay attention to the cap construction of the wig or hair system. Different cap styles, such as lace front, monofilament, or traditional cap, offer varying levels of comfort, breathability, and realism. 
  • Maintenance Requirements: Consider the maintenance requirements of the hair replacement solution. While human hair wigs offer greater flexibility in styling and customization, they may require more maintenance, such as regular washing, conditioning, and styling. Synthetic wigs, on the other hand, require less maintenance but offer limited styling options. 

Take the Next Step

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